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12 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

1st review for RVC at Sonic Shocks

Shy rays of sunshine, a cool breeze, a hot cup of coffee and the new Heart album: Sunday mornings don’t get much better than this.

The two first ladies of arena rock are back with a brand new release after a six years hiatus: “Red Velvet Car” does just what it says on the cover. No silly attempts at conquering teenagers, yet a fresh sound that makes it hard to believe the Wilson sisters started way back in the 70s. They know the best way to go is to do what you do better, and this is for sure one of the finest releases from the Seattle ground-breaking duo. Adding an acoustic gradient to the mix, Nancy further shows her musical capabilities, pinching notes out of guitars, mandolins, dobros, banjos, fiddles, violas, cellos and harps, with the help of Grammy winner producer Ben Mink.

From gritty ‘WTF’ to more romantic ‘Queen City’, from joyful ‘Hey You’ to darker ‘Death Valley’, sure the Wilsons’s song writing skills are still outstanding; they slightly move from angle to angle at every song, making this album a pleasant unbroken yet diverse experience. Angels voices and rock guitars, harps an bass, good and evil, old and new, all happily together, yes, in one word… Who said chaos?!? Get out! ‘Harmony, that’s the word.

All the songs are penned from personal life experiences, and that may be what gives “Red Velvet Car” such a smooth, down to earth vibe. Well-arranged and produced in every detail, still you can kind of feel Ann and Nancy sitting with a guitar, creating the first riff, adding the words. Surely none of this tracks would sounds bad in an acoustic version, and in fact closer ‘Sand’ was firstly recorded in 1990 for the Wilsons’ acoustic project The Lovemongers.

There are two bonus tracks (European disc only, TDHS) and I can’t find details about them, so I can’t guarantee you’re going to find them on your copy, but I really hope you do: ‘Bootful of Beer’ would be a bit of a typical Eighties song, but there are sounds and instruments I can promise you’re not going to find on any hard rock or hair metal hit. I’d love to see this one played live. The choice for the grand finale is heart-warming ballad ‘Closer to the Sun’, which leaves me peacefully enjoying whatever little is left of this glorious sunny day: Sunday evenings don’t get much better than this…

7/10

Review by The Wicked Witch

09 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

RVC promo poster: Heart Mobile Fan Club

This is a picture of the instore promo posters for “Red Velvet Car”. It also announces a Heart Mobile Fan Club.

TEXT “REDVELVET” to 66937 to join the Heart Mobile Fan Club (USA)
Who wants to testdrive it?

Red Velvet Car Poster

Red Velvet Car Poster

08 July 2010 ~ 4 Comments

“Hey You” enters AC airplay top 40

"Hey You"

Heart has entered the national Adult Contemperary Radio airplay chart at FMQB.com at #38. Heart has confirmed this. For the week of July 7th “Hey You” is also AGAIN the most added track. Together with Train, Will Young and Lady Gaga Heart is AC gainer of the week of July 7th.

“Hey You” is the first radiosingle together with (the commercially available) “WTF” taken from the upcoming album “Red Velvet Car”. I’ll post links later today. Thanx to “sulacuda 1″ for the news!

06 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Pix from Lilith Fair in San Francisco

Mercurynews.com has posted a bunch of pix from the July  5th Lilith Fair. Click on the picture to go to the gallery.

Ann Wilson, July 5th 2010,

Ann Wilson, July 5th 2010,

Heart (review from spinningplatters.com) click here for more pictures

Heart aren’t given enough respect by the feminist movement. More than any riot grrl band (not to devalue the importance of riot grrl), they opened the rock world to women in a huge way. They were the first rock band where the women were the songwriters and also took control of the leads. Nancy Wilson is the kind of guitarist that could show Jimmy Page a thing or two, and at this show, they made sure to keep this set as metal as they could. The whole set was devoted to the edgier, heavier Heart. Only in the middle of the set, where they played a few decent songs off their upcoming record, Red Velvet Car, did things mellow. Nancy took lead vocals from her sister on the strongest of the new songs, “Hey You,” and then played a powerful reading “Alone,” with the stage bare aside from the Wilson sisters and keyboardist Debbie Shair (Ironically, this was the only time all day that only women were on stage).

Ann Wilson’s voice has only improved with time, with a soulful richness that is incomparable in any genre of music. They closed the main set with the near-perfect closer of “Crazy On You” and “Barracuda,” which is still one of the greatest riffs in musical history. They managed to avoid any of their sappier stuff like “These Dreams” and “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.” In fact, my only complaint about their set was the encore, which was a cover of Led Zepplin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be,” which left the majority of the crowd kind of confused, aside from the handful of people that recognized the song. It’s a weird song, and kind of took the energy away from the set, which would have been better served by “Magic Man,” or even a slightly more intense Zeppelin cover, like “Rock & Roll” or “Battle Of Evermore,” both of which Heart have been known to cover in the past.

04 July 2010 ~ 4 Comments

2 EXTRA TRACKS on UK release of Red Velvet Car!

EXTRA!

EXTRA!

The tracklist of the UK release of “Red Velvet Car” (on the label Eagle Rock) has been published on amazon.co.uk (pre-order here) and it has twelve tracks instead of the 10 tracks the American label Sony Legacy has published. Extra tracks are “Bootful of beer” and “Closer to the sun“.

The tracklist is also on the big European based internet CD/DVD store play.com.

03 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Red Velvet Car Bio by David Wild

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

HEART - RED VELVET CAR BIO (by David Wild) as posted on Heart´s MySpace

Red Velvet Car — the most personal and powerful work yet from Ann and Nancy Wilson — takes generations of Heart fans on what truly feels like the musical ride of a lifetime. Powerfully produced by Ben Mink — who previously worked with Ann Wilson on her acclaimed 2007 solo album Hope & Glory – Red Velvet Car is an thoroughly electrifying song cycle of largely acoustic-based sound and a stunning album with a true and renewed sense of purpose.

As Ann Wilson put it, “Here we are at this point in the band’s history and just like with any lifespan, the longer you love, the longer things look in back of you — and shorter in front of you too. That sense of perspective means that you’re much less likely to want to waste any time at all. So there’s a even greater sense of mortality, of the stakes involved here and an even stronger desire to make every moment on the album matter.”

The result on Red Velvet Car is an album of breathtaking intimacy and honesty.

“There’s not an inauthentic, fictitious or posing bone in the body of this album,” says Nancy Wilson. “Whether it’s smart or not, there’s no posing going on here whatsoever. We’re telling our story. At one point, I said to Ann and Ben, ..What we’re doing in the studio with this album, this is the way we the Indians used to do it. You make a fire, and then you sit around the fire and tell your stories and pass them on with a real sense of one on one human contact. We feel like we made quite a fire together.”

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30 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Heart to release actual CD and VINYL single!

WTF + 4 EP

WTF + 4 EP

Judging by this link Heart seems to release the WTF + 4 digital EP on psychical CD as well! No official confirmation at the moment, but I cannot wait to get my Heart CD collecting hands on that if this does get released!

NOW ALSO ON AMAZON (PRE-ORDER) JULY 13th RELEASE!

Also on CDuniverse.com and Amazon.co.uk.

ADDED JULY 7th: Nikayla is reporting a vinyl release of “WTF” on July 27th 2010! It’s on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. You can already pre-order, see the links on the right sidebar of this site.